My broad and interdisciplinary research interests include the history of the family and community relations, history and literature, and the social and cultural history of the English Bible from the early modern period to modernity. I also have an interest in Jewish cultural history in the twentieth century.
I have broad research interests and will be delighted to discuss possible doctoral work with students interested in British social and cultural history c. 1500-1900, with particular reference to: religious culture and the English Bible, history and literature and print culture, community relations, Jewish History.
I am on sabbatical this year.
My broad research interests extend from the early modern period to the twentieth century. My published work has focused on the history of the family, language and texts, and practices of reading from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, examining comparative perspectives in the long-run. My current work examines the impact of the legislation for the settlement of the poor in England from the Restoration to the nineteenth century. I have been awarded the British Academy/Leverhulme Senior Research Fellowship for pursuing this project in 2015-16. Alongside this, I have an interest in modern Jewish History and am completing a long-standing investigation of popular song and music.
My recent book has investigated the ways in which concepts of social description were coined in the English Bible and their broader intellectual and social resonances in the sixteenth, seventeenth, and eighteenth centuries.
My first monograph, Family and friends in eighteenth-century England: household, kinship, and patronage, was published by Cambridge University Press in 2001, and is available in paperback. So is my second monograph, The social universe of the English Bible: scripture, society, and culture in early modern England, Cambridge University Press 2010, shortlisted for the Longman History Today Book of the Year Award. I have co-edited a book on The practice and representation of reading in England (Cambridge 1996, available in paperback), and have participated in editing a special issue of Continuity and Change dedicated to the history of Kinship in Britain from 500 to 2000.
Much of my work revolves around the study of social relations, and their manifestations in language and text. I am a member of the COST European research network of Lexicography.
I am a member of the the Royal Historical Society Council, and the executive committee of the Social History Society, which I also represent on the Economic History Society Board.
I am a member of the Dynamics of Memory group, centred in my department.
I have taught and researched at the universities of Lancaster, Sussex, Cambridge, and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, where I was also a Lady Davis Fellow and Visiting Professor.
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